May 20th, 2010
01:23 PM ET
4 years ago

Islamic leaders decry Tea Party reference to Muslim 'monkey-god'

(CNN) – A national leader of the conservative Tea Party movement has been strongly criticized by Islamic civil rights leaders for referring to the proposed site of a New York City mosque as a place for Muslims to worship "the terrorists' monkey-god."

Tea Party Express organizer Mark Williams blogged on his Web site last week that the mosque - to be constructed near the former site of the World Trade Center - would be a "monument ... for the worship of the terrorists' monkey-god and a 'cultural center' to propagandize for the extermination of all things not approved by their cult."

Williams, who also referred to "animals of Allah," was rebuked Thursday by the Council on American-Islamic Relations. The group issued a release Wednesday calling on other Tea Party activists to repudiate Williams' remarks.

"It would be shocking if such ignorant comments failed to elicit a strong response not only from Tea Party leaders, but from other parties throughout the political spectrum," CAIR National Legislative Director Corey Saylor said.

For his part, Williams was unapologetic toward Muslims.

"In the course of the article I described the 'god' worshiped by terrorists as 'a monkey god,'" he wrote on his Web site. "I was wrong and that
was offensive. I owe an apology to millions of Hindus who worship Lord Hanuman, an actual Monkey God."

Hanuman is known to followers of the Hindu faith as a symbol of strength and devotion, among other things.

Hanuman "is known as a destroyer of evil and to inspire and liberate," Williams said. "Those are hardly the traits of whatever ... it is that terrorists worship and worthy of my respect and admiration not ridicule."

The twin towers of the World Trade Center in Manhattan were destroyed in an attack by al Qaeda terrorists on September 11, 2001.

soundoff (123 Responses)
  1. librarian

    What do you expect from tea baggers ? They are biggots, violent, racist, and ultimately un-American. They are as bad as those they pretend to fight.

    May 20, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  2. Bob

    What the heck? This guy hates Christians and Jews too? Well we worship the same "Monkey God" – Abraham's God. Wow. I guess the Tea Party movement really is the self-absorbed wing of the secular humanists!

    May 20, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  3. John in OH

    This joker is trying gain press by slandering the largest religion in the world, and calling all of its followers terroists. And he wants to say the tea party is not full of biggots... Well, way to prove yourself wrong there buddy. I hope the muslim radicals deal with you quietly so it can end in a lose/lose for you and your kind.

    May 20, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  4. Independent One

    I am a Christian and I must say the behavior of the Tea Party People is troubling

    May 20, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  5. Tom in Wisconsin

    There is no such thing as the "Tea Party". It's just GOP Nouveau. A true "tea party" political platform would encourage the rights of individuals to build a mosque wherever and whenever they can afford to do so.

    This so-called "tea-party" is a freedom-hating bunch of whiners who simply don't want to pay taxes.

    May 20, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  6. jim atmadison

    Somebody want to explain again how the Tea Party isn't just a bunch of ignorant white racists?

    May 20, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  7. Felonious Monk

    Insane, insensitive!
    America was attacked by "extremists" not your average everyday muslim. Do you condemn all christians for the actions of "christian extremists?" Why condemn all muslims for the actions of extremists.

    If it is extremists rubbing salt in the wounds of America then that is not acceptable. However, if it is an attempt to build a bridge then that is acceptable.

    May 20, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  8. Drew Williams

    So what sounded like a generalized insult to Muslims was actually intended by Williams all along to to be specific praise for the Hindustani deity? Will anyone fault me if I think Mark a stinking liar?

    May 20, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  9. Video Guy

    Does this guy realize that the God of Islam, is the same God as worshiped by Christians and Jews.

    May 20, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  10. Tim

    After these comments and similar comments of this ilk. how am i not to believe that the tea party movement has roots in racists ideas.

    Its not fair to hindus and it really isn't fair to muslims of all varieties.

    This country was built on unity, trust, and the concept that we are ALL americans. Not just some of us. If you want to fix things, don't attack race, religion, sexual preference, etc. Close your mouth, open your ears, listen, and compromise

    May 20, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  11. Jay Humsey

    Mark Williams is very short-sighted indeed–how better to provoke the anger of Muslims than by insulting their faith? He is also obviously unable to distinguish between the millions of peaceful mainstream Muslims and the few radicals who carried out the September 11th attacks.
    And, since the God the Muslims worship is the same as that of Jews and Christians, he is also insulting their faiths! Try thinking before you speak next time, Mr. Williams.

    May 20, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  12. David

    The Tea Party right arm of the GOP is looking more and more like nazi germany, stop demonizing an entire religion and group of people. I can't believe the media is giving these yahoos a free ride, call them out for the hate filled ignorant biggots they are.

    May 20, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  13. grrace

    So, is Williams saying he confused the Hindu and Muslim religions?

    I don't know why I continue to be shocked at the Teabagg er (self named) community. But, how much more proof do people need that this is a movement driven by nothing more than racism. Teabaggers promoting stupidity and anti-intellectualism. This is clearly not a legitimate political party.

    May 20, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  14. Judy

    Tea Party = Ignorant. Something we need less not more of in government!

    May 20, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  15. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    While I consider Mr Williams' attitude to be reprehensible, I understand why he and a lot of others feel this way. Followers of a perverse interpretation of Islam–not, I think, by any means, the Islam of the vast majority of its followers–are attacking the US. The least that can be expected is derision. With any luck at all, it won't go any farther than that.

    Islamic radicals have to understand that Americans, individually, irrespective of what their government says or does, will eventually react to murderous provocations. They have to understand that, eventually, their provocations will result in harm, to an unknown degree, to Muslims in America. Unfortunately, anyone willing to go down with the plane he's trying to bomb out of the sky is unlikely to care about this "collateral damage."

    May 20, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  16. independent voter

    wow! even more of these idiots coming out of the wood work now...keep them coming and keep the number for the Orkin man handy!

    God Bless President Obama, VP Biden, the First Families and "Bo"

    May 20, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  17. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    When will we learn that you cannot speak the truth about Islam or Obama without getting skewered by libertards. Hugo Chavez is the Obama and libertard model for how this country should be run and Obozo is making great progress toward that end.

    May 20, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  18. NOT A SURPRISE!

    This is not a shock, The Teabaggers are spiteful, hatefull, racist radicals and they spread their agenda and word to the American people who are just as hateful and racist as their leader and supporters such as Palin & Bachmann. I do feel it is not healthy to put a Masque near the trade center just like I was horrified when after the Viet Nam war was over and our troops came home without a proper welcome and a lot of cities accross the US were spring up Little Saigon and Vietnam strip malls. That to me was a slap at our men & women who fought in the Vietnam war. English is our language no other but make no mistake no one has to give up their heritage. I would like to know where Williams ancester came from because only the Native Americans can call themselves true American everyone else ancesters came ffrom somewhere else out of our Country. How would Williams like it let say if his ancester are from Europe, Russia or Germany what if he were called a Nazi or Kike. Not nice

    May 20, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  19. Dar

    But it is okay for Muslim's to speak trash about our Christen God and CUT our heads off if we dont beleive in their God. Screw them, their not in the land of Muslim's anymore, their in the land of a Christen nation now.(Even tho Odumbo say's we aren't, bastard)
    We didnt make them come here, they knew this want a Muslim nation when they came here for a better way of life.
    If they dont like our free speech, GO HOME, STFU!
    It was Muslim's who killed 3,000 of our countrymen and still are trying to kill us today and we should bow down and say we are sorry for our remarks. BS, They can kiss my AMERICAN butt.

    May 20, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  20. slipthalo

    The Tea Partiers are doing nothing good when it comes to foreign diplomacy or racial diplomacy. Tea Partiers, thy name should be Division Party.

    May 20, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  21. Jasmine

    Another retarded Tea Party Racist........Is this suppose to surprise me?

    May 20, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  22. GI Joe

    Leave it to the nutjobs that worship Sara and Limpballs to start World War III.

    Ignorance breeds ignorance, and it's rampant in the uneducated in this country.

    May 20, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  23. Jim

    This guy is some piece of work. And this is the party some people want running the country???

    May 20, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  24. keith in Austin

    So it appears that the truth hurts. I just hope that Bozo doesn't fall all over himself cowtowing to these 3rd-world camel jockeys.

    May 20, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  25. michael johnson

    Honestly this guy had the cojones to say what a lot of people really think, but which would never really be said due to fear of retribution. Islam is a cult. Their sole purpose is to convert all non-islamic people to their way, and frankly if they can't they would be more than happy to purge them from the face of the earth. This religion has no tolerance for others who do not believe, and they cannot engage in any civil dialogue of any type. They cannot handle humor and are insulted by everything that comes along that is not written in the Koran. They hold no hope for progressive thinking ofrhelping to move the world forward. And by the way when a world event happens that requires billions of dollars to help and support to people in distress, look and see how much money the oil-rich Arab countires donate to the cause – NOTHING !!!

    I am in no way a tea Party supporter, and in fact vote democrat more than not. But I am glad this particular person had the gall to stand up and really tell it like it is.

    May 20, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
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